Feline Thanksgiving Feast No-Nos

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You may be tempted to include your cat in the holiday feast by feeding table scraps.

The holidays are stressful enough without having to make a trip to the emergency vet. Sure, a little well-cooked, boneless turkey is okay as a treat, but other common holiday foods can be toxic to your cat.


Most kitties will love a bit of turkey, but be careful! Don't give your cat raw or undercooked turkey as it could contain salmonella bacteria.

Of course, never give your cat turkey bones. They can split easily and pose a serious threat to your cat.


Herbs such as sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it (and many other herbs) contains essential oils and resins. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression if eaten in larger quantities.

Bread Dough

Don't spoil your cat's holiday by giving it raw bread dough. When raw bread dough is ingested, the kitty's body heat causes the dough to rise in its stomach. As it expands, the cat may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating. It can become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

Cake Batter

If you're baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your cats keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs. Eggs can contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

Other Forbidden Foods:

  • Macadamia nuts (can cause weakness and tremors)
  • Raisins and grapes (can cause kidney failure)
  • Onions and garlic (can cause anemia)
  • ChocolateĀ Is Bad For Cats because it contains caffeine and theobromine, two different types of stimulants that affect the central nervous system and the heart muscle, as well as increasing the frequency of urination)

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